When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Apparently, not everyone is respectful of transgendered people. Can you believe it? Jerks. But they're out there, and they can make things simple things, like using a bathroom or getting a driver's license very difficult for those who are not boys or girls, or weren't born the right gender, or aren't sure. In the courtroom, particularly, discussions about basic rights get real humiliating real fast, since talk tends to focus on what a person's genitals look like. How those very personal configurations legally allow or disallow certain behaviors is the concern of Dylan Vade and Chrys Curtis Fawley's Trannymals Go to Court. Casting the actual, up-close genitals of eight transgendered people as lawyers, judges, and other courtroom characters, the film is probably the single best way to give Jesse Helms a coronary. The directors' use of glued-on googly eyeballs and tiny wigs and accessories is visual genius, and conceptually brilliant as well: You want to look at them and talk about them? Fine, but they're going to look and talk back. At the ongoing Trannymal and Trannymals Go to Court Screening, Vade also screens the prequel, which features one person's crotch area, with googly eyes, in all sorts of interesting (non-sexual, it should be noted) positions.
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Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"